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Sept. 12, 2005 - The New Chief Justice?

Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, John G. Roberts, Jr. A week ago today was the first time this title and this name were officially combined in the form of the President’s nominee.

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The Original Intent Myth: Deciphering the Rhetoric

The Myth regarding the First Amendment’s Establishment Clause has become as dogmatically believed by the religious right as evolution is believed by the scientific community. Because of the upcoming changes on the Supreme Court, as well as a number of significant Court decisions, we need to spend some time understanding the myth and why we must continue to rebut it.

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Kansas Debates the Teaching of Darwinism

Controversy is raging in Kansas over teaching Darwinism in public schools. One side questions Darwinism and champions academic freedom; the other seeks to impose neo-Darwinian orthodoxy. Darwin's enforcers have effectively promoted their position in the media while claiming that presenting their case publicly to the Kansas state school board would be somehow unfair. In open public meetings, untruths could be exposed by those questioning Darwinism.

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Analysis: Judge John G. Roberts Nominated to Supreme Court

Many conservatives are salivating over the nomination of Judge John G. Roberts to the Supreme Court. They are claiming him as one of their own, and praising the president for fulfilling his campaign promise to give them someone who would vote to overturn Roe v. Wade, the decision legalizing abortion.

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NEWSFLASH! Supreme Court Rules in Ten Commandments Cases

SUPREME COURT RULES IN TEN COMMANDMENTS CASES By now, you’ve seen the press coverage of the Ten Commandments decisions from the Supreme Court, upholding a monument outside the Texas State Capital, and striking down an interior courthouse display in Kentucky. Permit me to add a few observations of my own.

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Stand Up and Be Counted

Someone once said that if you aren’t angry about the injustice in this world, it’s because you aren’t paying attention. The sad truth is that much of the injustice in not meted out by thugs, but rather it is done in a perfectly respectable manner by the pillars of society.

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7/21/06: YES! to the Pledge, but NO! to the Pledge Protection Act!

I am writing today as there is a particularly pernicious piece of legislation that has passed the House and that we MUST stop in Senate. The sponsors of the bill call it the “Pledge Protection Act.” The name for the act is more accurately the “Constitution Destruction Act” because that is precisely what it does. While we support the constitutionality of the words “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance, we strongly oppose the so-called “Pledge Protection Act,” read on to understand why.

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High Court Upholds Inmates' Right to Religious Accommodation

The Supreme Court today unanimously upheld the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA) that in part requires state prisons to accommodate prisoners' religious exercises as long as they are not disruptive.

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April 13, 2005 – Liberty Magazine Special Issue on the Ten Commandments

There has been a growing public cry to acknowledge the Ten Commandments for several years now. This has culminated in legal battles going to the U.S. Supreme Court over the public display of the Ten Commandments in and around public buildings. This public attention provides Seventh-day Adventists with a wonderful opportunity to champion the spiritual realities of the Ten Commandments, and remind people of the binding nature of the Sabbath

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Religious Discrimination Claims Are On The Rise

This week’s issue of the widely read journal, Lawyer’s Weekly, features the following article on religious discrimination, with frequent quotes of Alan J. Reinach, director of Public Affairs & Religious Liberty for the Pacific Union. Please reference this article in a new round of letters, phone calls and emails to Congress in support of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, citing the national attention this issue is gaining, and the importance of strengthening laws remedying religious discrimination.

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Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2005 Momentum Building

Every day three Seventh-day Adventists lose their jobs rather than work on Sabbath. Others are never hired because they won’t work on Sabbath. Thousands of e.mails and petition signatures have already been gathered in support of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, S-677 and HR 1445, but much more is needed.

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September 8, 2004 - Home Stretch in Push for Workplace Religious Freedom Act, S-893

Senate leaders have assured us of their commitment to press for a vote on the Workplace Religious Freedom Act before Congress adjourns for the year. We need to assist that commitment by pressing the issue and generating as much support as possible for the bill. If you care whether Sabbath observers and other people of faith are able to work without sacrificing their religious principles, you need to put your care into action!

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July 13, 2004 - 21,000 E-mails Sent Nationwide in Support of Workplace Religious Freedom

Your e-mails are building momentum in support of the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, S-893. More than 21,000 e-mails have been sent through our website, www.religiousliberty.info, and in the past few weeks, two new Senators have signed on as sponsors of the bill, Georgia's Zell Miller, a Democrat, and North Carolina's Elizabeth Dole, a Republican.

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April 7, 2005 - Hillary Clinton Lauds Adventist Church on Religious Freedom Issues

"Religious liberty is one of the most important issues on the world's agenda today," said United States Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who made the case for both freedom of religion and the right not to choose one at a dinner sponsored by the International Religious Liberty Association, "Liberty" magazine and the North American Religious Liberty Association, three religious freedom outreaches sponsored by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

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June 21, 2004 - Workplace Religious Freedom Act, S-893

Following the ACLU's attempt to sabotage the Workplace Religious Freedom Act, S-893, more than 3000 e.mails have been sent to the U.S. Senate in the first week of our campaign to build momentum in support of this bill. The Workplace Religious Freedom Act will strengthen civil rights laws against religious discrimination in employment, providing much needed relief for those facing the loss of the their jobs due to religious observances, such as Sabbath keeping.

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October 15, 2003 - United States Supreme Court Will Hear Case Involving the Pledge

The United States Supreme Court accepted today the appeal of the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals ruling regarding the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Supreme Court ruled in 1943 that students could not be compelled to recite the Pledge, more than a decade before the phrase "under God" was added. The Supreme Court has also repeatedly ruled that students cannot be required to participate in public prayer.

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June 14, 2004 - The ACLU Attacks the Workplace Religious

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) sent an action alert to their members on June 9th implying that the Workplace Religious Freedom Act is a partisan attempt designed to restrict access to reproductive services and to privilege harassment. These claims are patently false.

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March 21, 2005 – Workplace Religious Freedom Act of 2005 Introduced in Congress

S-677 and HR 1445 represent historic bill numbers. This is the first time that the Workplace Religious Freedom Act [WRFA] has been introduced in both the House and Senate, and with bi-partisan sponsorship! Late last week, Republican Senator Rick Santorum and Democrat Senator John Kerry held a joint press conference announcing the introduction of this vitally important legislation to protect people of faith from losing their jobs.

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March 4, 2005 – Ten Commandments Brochure Goes to Supreme Court

Crowds lined up early in the morning hoping to get into the U.S. Supreme Court and hear arguments in two cases involving the public display of the Ten Commandments.

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March 5, 2004 - Should Adventists Speak Up on Marriage?

The battle over gay marriage has become hotter than a sizzling summer heat wave. The Adventist Church has not issued any formal statements, although it has previously issued statements addressing both marriage and homosexuality. These can be read on the church's website: www.adventist.org. There is a strong case to be made for the Adventist voice to be heard on this issue.

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Congress, Don't Penalize Seniors Who Tithe!

There is a bill pending in the House of Representatives that would make it much harder for many seniors who tithe and make other charitable donations to qualify for Medicaid. The bill is not designed to penalize faithful tithe payers, but that is exactly what it does!d

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Press Release from Senator Rick Santorum

U.S. Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference, and Senator John Kerry (D-MA), today introduced the Workplace Religious Freedom Act (WRFA) of 2005. If passed, this legislation will require employers to make reasonable accommodations for an employee's religious practice or observance, such as time off and attire; similar legislation will be introduced in the House of Representatives by Representatives Mark Souder (R-IN), Carolyn McCarthy (D-NY), Bobby Jindal (R-LA), and Anthony Weiner (D-NY).

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